CAD Manager's Newsletter (#165)24 Jan, 2007 By: Robert Green
Getting your CAD users to help you achieve your goals can advance both your own position and theirs.
In the last issue of CAD Manager's Newsletter, I encouraged you to build a New Year's Checklist of action items to keep you on task during 2007. While some items on your check list are strictly your tasks (revising your budget, reducing your personal overhead), many more should be things that affect all the CAD users in your group or company (ending inefficient practices, making positive changes, etc.)
In this edition I'll give you some hints for staying on task with your checklist in the areas where users can help you do so. My logic is that when you involve more people and publish your checklist for others to see, you are compelled to stick to the list and, therefore, achieve more results faster. Here goes.
Communicate Better with Users
I've found that the communication methods that work best involve direct interaction (as opposed to email) and a little bit of team building. Here are a few examples I've used that work well. Read more>>
I'm implementing 3D software in our company and am trying to get people trained, but it seems like some people just don't want to change their ways and learn. How do I deal with those who resist the change?
Robert Green replies: First I think you have to understand and accept the fact that some people are just more afraid of change than others. Once you've accepted this reality, you can craft your training plan around it. Here's a very brief outline of how I tackle 3D training processes that's worked well over the years:
Train your willing power users first. Power users want to learn new things. They'll put in the effort to learn on their own and they'll help you test how well your training process works. Make these power users your partners in debugging the 3D training process and take their feedback seriously. Read more>>
Submit your questions to Robert Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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